Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, July 16th 2009 - 07:15 UTC

Latam forecasted to contract 1.9% this year and expand 3.1% in 2010

Mercosur members Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil are well prepared to weather the crisis, says Cepal.

The Latinamerican and Caribbean economy is forecasted to contract 1.9% this year following six years of sustained growth, but is expected to expand 3.1% in 2010, according to the latest estimates released Wednesday by the United Nations Latinamerican and Caribbean Economic Commission, Cepal in Santiago de Chile.

Wednesday, July 15th 2009 - 11:34 UTC

Guatemala asks Chávez for further information about alleged plot

President Alvaro Colom

The Guatemalan government will request from Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez additional information on alleged scheming for a coup against President Álvaro Colom, said on Monday an official source.

Wednesday, July 15th 2009 - 11:26 UTC

Chilean sheep farming industry targets double lamb exports by 2010

Magallanes in the extreme south, is Chile’s main sheep farming territory.

The Chilean sheep farming industry is embarking on a million dollar master plan to boost the national sheep population and double lamb exports by 2010.

Wednesday, July 15th 2009 - 11:25 UTC

Uruguayan ports will give Bolivian trade access to the sea

Uruguay promised support for delisting coca leaves as dangerous drugs.

Sea access, trade, energy, cooperation and delisting coca leaves from the dangerous drugs inventory were among the main issues addressed by Bolivian president Evo Morales and his Uruguayan host President Tabare Vazquez during his brief visit to Montevideo on Monday.

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 - 11:10 UTC

Argentina convenes regional meeting to address H1N1 pandemic

Minister Juan Manzur will host the Buenos Aires meeting Wednesday

Argentina called for a meeting of regional Public Health ministers to address the A/H1N1 virus situation and try to harmonize measures to counterattack the pandemic, announced the Ministry of Health in an official release.

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 - 10:30 UTC

Bachelet denies any US “pink slip” for Insulza as OAS chief

Chilean president admits having talking with Hillary Clinton but about social security services.

Chilean president Michelle Bachelet denied Monday having discussed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the situation of Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS.

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 - 02:15 UTC

Speculation about US thumbs down to Insulza’s OAS re-election

Insulza allegedly has been accused of being too complacent with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

Chilean media reported this weekend that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice stated to Chile’s government that the US will not support the re-election in 2010 of Chile’s José Miguel Insulza to head the Organization of American States (OAS).

Monday, July 13th 2009 - 12:11 UTC

Chileans take advantage of cruise ship deals

Next big cruise liner sale scheduled for August 8

Chilean tourism agencies are now selling cruise-ship packages at heavily discounted prices to combat the drop in sales brought on by the worldwide economic crisis.
Two weeks ago Corte Ingles Travel held an overnight sale auction on their cruises, attended by more than 200 people.

Monday, July 13th 2009 - 12:03 UTC

Santiago, Montevideo, among cheapest cities for tourists

Inflation is threatening the capital of Argentina Buenos Aires, a magnet for tourists.

Santiago is one of the cheapest cities for foreigners, according to a survey published by finance consultancy Mercer. The Chilean capital is the fourth most economical city in Latinamerica and the 15th cheapest worldwide. The Uruguayan capital Montevideo also figures among the most accessible and liveable cities in the region.

Sunday, July 12th 2009 - 17:42 UTC

New York Philharmonic will play in Havana next October

Zarin Mehta: We play music; politicians work out what they can

The head of the New York Philharmonic met with Cuban officials and toured facilities in Havana on Saturday ahead of an October visit to the Castro brothers’ regime by the renowned orchestra.

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